Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is natural and normal and gives your baby the best start. Every day you breast-feed your baby it makes a difference to your baby’s health now and in the future.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breast milk gives babies all the nutrients they need for the first six months of life and helps protect them from infection and diseases. It also reduces mothers' chances of getting certain diseases later in life. 

Breastfeeding also allows you and your baby to get closer - physically and emotionally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger.

Bottle feeding does not give your baby the same ingredients as breast milk, which is designed to be easy for your baby to absorb and is perfect to help him/her grow and develop. Also, bottle feeding doesn't provide protection against infection and diseases.

Breastfeeding helps protect your baby against:

  • ear infections
  • gastro-intestinal infections
  • chest infections
  • urine infections
  • eczema
  • obesity
  • asthma.

Breastfeeding helps protect mothers against:

  • ovarian cancer
  • breast cancer
  • weak bones later in life (osteoporosis).

Women who breastfeed return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster.

Tips for successful breastfeeding

  • Make sure your baby is properly attached to the breast
    • You will have a good supply of milk and your baby will get a good feed.
    • It will help stop your breasts getting sore.
  • Try not to give your baby other food or drink
    • The more you feed your baby, the more milk you will produce. Giving other food or drink will reduce your milk supply.
    • You might increase the chance of your baby getting an infection.
  • Don’t be scared to ask for help
    • It can take a while before you feel confident breastfeeding. Your midwife or health visitor can support you or contact the National Breast feeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 or visit their website

More information can be found at NHS Choices 

 

Local activities

Breast feeding peer support mothers. There are 31 mothers in the borough who have breast fed themselves and are available to provide support to you if you need it. To find out who is available to support you in your area, please contact Andrea Bevan on tel. 02920 887046.

White Rose Resource Centre, New Tredegar - Breastfeeding Cafe.  A café has been set up in the centre which welcomes mothers who are breastfeeding on a Thursday morning from 10-12am. Advice and support is available from mothers and professionals.

St Peter’s Church, Pantside- Breastfeeding Cafe.  A café is open at St Peter’s church on a Tuesday morning, 9.30-12noon. All are welcome including grandmothers.

Full Circle Breastfeeding Support Group.  Meets every Tuesday from 1pm - 3pm in Caerphilly Library. Contact info – Email - fullcirclebsg@live.co.uk or telephone Jessica 07786 833827.

Website http://fullcirclebsg.wordpress.com

Bumps and Babies Group.  Meets every third monday of the month. 12-2pm.  Bethal Chapel, 47-53 Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly CF83 3FB.  Come and relax and enjoy a cup of tea with other parents and mums to be . Contact : Becca on arnold.rh@hotmail.com for more information.